Oh wait…no we don’t! As I have mentioned before, I love our kitchen cabinets…I am NOT a fan of the bronze handles that had attached themselves TO our cabinets. Since cabinet handles fall in one of those categories of “small items that can get silly expensive if you don’t keep your eye on them”, we thought we’d try our hand at giving them a quick little paint first.
I am a sucker for Rustoleum. I think they make some very innovative products and their spray paint just WORKS. I headed to Menards (which has 2 full aisles devoted SOLELY to Rustoleum products…heaven) to pick out our new cabinet pulls. After reviewing the options, I decided that I wanted to do something a little more subdued than the metallic spray paint I used for my light makeover. I decided to give the hammered silver spray paint a try. As an exciting bonus, it was on sale! You know I love a good deal….
I tried out some different options. You can see the original handle on the far left. The 2nd from the left is hammered spray paint over the brass, the 3rd from the left is the metallic (with gray primer) and the last one is hammered (with gray primer). We decided we liked the hammered over the brass best. It gave it a nice subtle finish while keeping it in the “brushed nickel” hue of our door knobs.
With the color dilemma settled, I headed outside to do some painting on the patio. I laid all the knobs out on cardboard when the wind came up…not wanting my knobs to blow away, I took a small bit of packing tape and attached it to both ends of the knobs to keep it in place. I have read other people attaching the knobs to the cardboard with the screws that held them into the cupboards, but this seemed like an unnecessary amount of work. I didn’t have a problem with my trusty packing tape. After I had them all laid out, I decided it would probably be a good idea to wash them first since a few were sticky from who knows what. I make a white vinegar/warm water mixture and cleaned these guys up before I re-stuck them to their tape homes.
I did a light coat like the can suggested and then went inside to distract myself with other things so I wouldn’t sit and watch paint dry. Once they were mostly dry, I turned them on their side to make sure I could get an even coat. After I applied all 3 coats, I covered it with a Satin Finish Clear-Coat (also from Rustoleum). We left them outside to dry and when we brought them in we were really bummed…it looked like the Nebraska wind had blown the “hammered” finish straight off the handles. We were left with some silverish handles that looked REALLY plasticky.
In an effort to save my little project, I took them into the garage (with the door wide open) and sprayed one last, heavier, coat on the knobs. This seemed to do the trick. The hammered texture came through and once they dried, I applied another coat of clear-coat to seal them in and hopefully make them more durable. I brought them back in and got to work putting them all back on the cabinets.
We got them installed just in time for our Easter weekend company!
Just a small update that makes us walk into our kitchen and not notice our handles. Sounds silly to do that much work and not notice them, but now we notice our gorgeous cabinets and countertops and don’t pay any attention to the knobs. Prior to the facelift, we’d walk in the kitchen and say, “Man, I hate bronze”…and bronze is enjoying the break from being ragged on constantly
The best part? This project was INCREDIBLY cheap and easy. I painted 36 kitchen knobs and still have plenty of spray paint left to tackle the rest of the pulls in the house (bathrooms, laundry room, etc). Cost breakdown?
Hammered Rustoleum- $5.98
Rustoleum Clear Coat- $2.98
Grand total- $9.00
Sweet! I will take that any day of the week! Are you a fan of quick and easy make-overs? Do you have a weird love of Rustoleum like I do? I’d love to hear about it!